BRUNSWICK – Dana Richard Baggett, 80, of Brunswick and formerly of Bailey Island, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at his home. He was the husband of Judith B. Baggett of Brunswick. Dana was born June 5, 1933, in Fitchburg, Mass., son of Emily and Joseph H. Baggett.
He graduated from Leominster High School in 1951 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in public management from the University of Maine, Orono, with distinction. After college, Dana served in the U.S. Army AMEDs, received a good conduct ribbon and was honorably discharged in 1957. He earned his master of governmental administration from Fels Institute, Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania in 1959. Dana had a long and successful career in public administration, starting with an internship at the Brunswick Town office in 1953 and 1954. He was the assistant to the town manager in Zanesville, Ohio, and served as a well-respected city manager of both Gardiner and Mount Holly, N.J. Dana was the director of the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of Maine, Orono, 1965-1973, and worked for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., for more than ten years. In his final return to Maine, Dana served as the State court administrator, 1981-1992, and was instrumental in the creation of the West Bath District Courthouse. As the co-owner of Bailey Island General Store with his wife, Judy, he could be found selling Sunday papers with the family basset hound from 1981-1993. He worked for L.L. Bean in his retirement. Dana was chairman of the Chapel Committee for All Saints by the Sea, Bailey Island, for many years. He was devoted to Brunswick Area Respite Care as a board member and active leader of support groups for caregivers of loved ones with memory loss. He adored cats had a special feline companion of many years, “Mr. Black.” He also enjoyed walking, big band music, and entertaining friends with puns. Dana had an uncommon, accepting warmth towards all people and a winning smile.
Dana was predeceased by his son, Ian Andrew Baggett; and grandson, Ian Jr., both of Sykesville, Md. He is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughter, Meredith Smithson and her children, Rosemary and Marshall Cumback; daughter, Darcy Baggett and her children, Elliot and Dina Murphy; and son, Graeme Baggett and his son, Zachary Fisette, all of Brunswick.
A private service will be held later in the summer on Bailey Island. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brunswick Area Respite Care, P.O. Box 446 Brunswick, ME 04011 or at www.respitecare.org. Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. To sign Dana’s guestbook please visit, www.advantageportland.com.